Umphrey's McGee Live at Aragon Ballroom on 2006-12-30
- Umphreys McGee
Disc 1 (68:54)
1. ~intro~ 1:57
2. The Fuzz => 10:06
3. Dear Lord 2:59
4. Ringo# 13:12
5. ~banter~ 1:10
6. Morning Song => 7:56
7. Hurt Bird Bath 15:37
8. ~banter~ 2:42
9. Thin Air^ 13:14
Set II (95:34)
Disc 2 (72:08)
1. ~intro~ :34
2. The Crooked One$ 13:44
3. Walletsworth 5:19
4. ~banter~ :42
5. Der Bluten Kat => 9:54
6. Cinnamon Girl% > 2:38
7. Der Bluten Kat 14:14
8. ~banter~ 1:16
9. Robot World* 11:57
10.Intentions Clear* 6:10
12.Instant Karma@ 4:12
Disc 3 (23:26)
1. ~encore break~ 4:11
2. E: In the Kitchen*$ => 3:58
3. Third Stone from the Sun jam* => 4:46
4. Bloody Well Right*& 10:31
Related Music (Beta) question-dark
Versions - Different performances of the song by the same artist
Compilations - Other albums which feature this performance of the song
Covers - Performances of a song with the same name by different artists
|Third Stone from the Sun jam* =>|
|The Fuzz =>|
|In the Kitchen*$ =>|
|Hurt Bird Bath|
|Cinnamon Girl% >|
|Der Bluten Kat =>|
|Bloody Well Right*&|
|The Crooked One$|
|Der Bluten Kat|
|Morning Song =>|
# - with Takin' It to the Church
^ - with David Hidalgo on guitar and Steve Berlin on saxaphone
$ - unfinished
% - First Time Played (Neil Young)
* - with Jeff Coffin on saxaphone
@ - first time played (John Lennon) with Kris on vocals, Jake on drums, and Brendan on acoustic
& - first time played (Supertramp)
- M Audio Delta DiO 2496 > Soundforge 6.0 > CD Wave > FLAC
- Chicago, IL
- Taped by
- Jacob Kosakowski
- Aragon Ballroom
Subject: Perfect Example of Umphrey's Era Circa 04-06
Day of the Show:
I traveled up to the show in chicago from Indy on megabus the day of the show. I was meeting two of my friends, however they would not be coming until the next day (NYE show). So I would be doing this show solo, which I happen to enjoy. Seeing a show solo allows me to focus solely on the music instead of feeling the need to socialize periodically during a show. The bus left downtown Indianapolis around 6am. I was dropped off in front of the city county building around 5:45am by a friend. I have always been a little adventurous or maybe a little dumb, i don't know. But I was going to Chicago with no place to stay for the night. My reservations at the red roof inn were not until the next night. My plan was to go to the congress hotel which is where a lot of other people from the bort (Umphrey's message board) were staying or just wing it which is what I ended up doing.
Anyways, so I arrived in chicago around 9 or 10 am. Show didn't start til probably around 8pm. So I spent most the day sight seeing around chicago. I had been to Chicago many times before, including some of the skyline and riviera umphrey's shows in the previous years. But Chicago is a great city and there was still plenty of attractions for me to take in. I went to michigan ave, navy pier, millenium park before making my way up to the north side which is where the Aragon is located. I stopped in wrigleyville to take some pictures of Wrigley Field before finally making my way to the next stop along the EL (Chicago Subway) which is where the Aragon is located. Anyone familiar with Chicago Mob legend, AL Capone, may know about the Aragon. He had tunnels going from one of his establishments to the Aragon. It is assumed these tunnels were used for bootlegging or possibly escape tunnels.
Upon arriving at the Aragon around 3 or 4 in the afternoon I was greeted by roughly 75-100 other people already waiting on the side of the theater waiting to get in. I met a really cool couple from Virginia, with whom I would spend the show with. So for the next 3-4 hours, the crowd slowly began to accumulate and the excitement is what kept a lot of us warm in the 20 degree weather. The anticipation along with other's euphoria from the previous nights show kept a buzz in the air..... I began to feel that tonite's show was going to be great. This was probably my 20th or so show at the time and I was finally at a point where I had finally grasped what Umphrey's was all about, or so I thought. Little did I know, that I was about to experience one of my top 3 shows that I have seen, and I am nearing 10 years and 50 or so shows of seeing Umphreys.
The Fuzz>Dear Lord, Ringo, Morning Song>Hurt Bird Bath, Thin Air
The Crooked One, Walletsworth, DBK>Cinnamon Girl>DBK, Robot World, Intentions Clear, Instant Karma
In The Kitchen>Third Stone From The SUn Jam>Bloody Well Right
THE FUZZ>DEAR LORD...... Both songs a rarity now a days, The Fuzz was still semi-regularly played in 2006, but Dear Lord is and was a hidden gem that I happened to be chasing. Little known fact, Dear Lord was actually the first song the members of Umphrey's ever played together. I believe it was some school function at Notre Dame, and the members of the band were playing and this was the jam they came up with. Anyways, This is still one of my go to songs that I listen to 9 years after the fact. The jam into Dear Lord is top notch.
RINGO is standard, but always great. MORNING SONG, originally entitled "Im in You", was a new song at this point. I think it was around six months old at this point and was still in the infant stages. So this is a good example of hearing a song from when it first comes out and compare it to how it is performed now. Next up is Hurt Bird Bath. Always a great song that has the chance to develop into some great improv. This version is a standard version, but still displays some good improv.
THE FUZZ, last song of the set, featured David Hidalgo of Los Lobos (whom I forgot to mention opened for Umphrey's on this night) on guitar and Steve Berlin on Saxophone. The Fuzz is a rarity now a days, but back in 2006 was still in regular rotation. The Fuzz is an underrated song, that I wish got more play time.
I would put the second set in my top 5 sets that I have seen the band play. Having seen the band play roughly 100 or so sets, that says a lot. All I have to say is that every song is played top notch, but what makes this set so good is the flow. Every song in this set and really the whole show, flows so well and the mood of the concert is what makes this whole show one of their best shows they have ever performed. If I had to pick highlights tho, it would be The Crooked One>DBK>CInnamon Girl>DBK.
In The Kitchen>Third Stone from The Sun>Bloody Well Right.
This is hands down, no ifs ands or buts about it, the best encore I have seen from Umphrey's and maybe the best encore I've seen from any band. A lot of times what makes a great encore is the bands ability to kind of put a wrap on the show all together. It's not always about the song, but rather the song placement. This encore was perfect and what made it even better was the great versions of the songs played. I really hadn't mentioned Jeff Coffin yet, but during the concert I have to say he was a little overwhelming. He was a little too loud in the mix and at a place like the Aragon it can be very difficult to create a great sound. The room has a round ceiling which creates a hollow boomy sound, which on this night actully created the perfect sound and perfect song selection and playing by the band.
After leaving the show I said goodbye to the people I met at the show and walked back to the train stop with no destination in mind. As I was climbing the stops platform, I dropped my camera onto the train tracks and the crowd booed and playfully shouted things at me. Needless to say, I was very upset about losing the camera. The rest of the night is a story of its own. I walked around downtown Chicago meeting and talking to many interesting people before making my way to the Congress hotel where I hung out with other umphreaks until I was kicked out of the hotel around 4am for not being able to provide a room. SO the rest of the night/morning was spent at dunkin donuts where I was lucky and got an hour or so of sleep before waking up on the 31st ready to go for round two.
this may have been the best umphrey's show i've ever been to, period. that's over thirty+ or so shows for me, with a brief hiatus spent in an uncivilized area. they've come a long way. the band is so well balanced now and this does so much for the music.
the jams are all over the place. i've always considered UM and any jam band to be "experimental," but the word applies to this show more than any UM show i've heard. there's shredding, of course. weird beats. tight grooves. but in this show they stretch for an aesthetic i've never heard out of them before. and i'm talking about before jeff coffin takes the stage. you'll know what i'm talking about when you listen to this. jake and brendan brought out a secret consciousness in the form of underused, esoteric scales that wound effortlessly in perfect, improvised harmony through the rest of the band's musical awe.
when jeff's on the stage, some of the most bizarre and out-of-this world stuff goes down. he's definitely THE musician to play with umphrey's. he's so versatile, well-educated and ballsy, just like UM.
jeff's presence turns umphrey's into the most innovative band you'll hear, if you don't think they're already that without him. ever hear multi-instrumental, polyphonic free jazz over off-time techno beats and trippy atmospheric sounds that'll never be heard again? i hadn't, till this show.
get it and keep extra copies in a ziplock bag under your goldfish's tank pebbles, in case your house burns down from playing this show on more watts than your house can handle, which is what it might inspire...
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